OMG Choc Orange Brownies

My housemate Simone is a health nut – food and exercise. But every so often she gets strange food cravings which must be acted upon. This time it was for orange and chocolate brownies.

Simone adapted a recipe found in my Haighs cookbook. Haighs is a South Australian chocolate maker and the chocolate is so good that if someone from my work visits SA, NSW or Victoria (they have shops in Sydney and Melbourne) they are only welcomed back if they bring Haighs with them!

01This recipe requires a lot of chocolate, butter and sugar – all the good things!

Start by melting 220 grams of butter and 400 grams of dark chocolate. Add the zest of one orange and 30mLs of Cointreau.

02 zestPut the chocolate mixture aside to cool to room temperature.

Separate four eggs. Beat the egg whites and 200 grams of sugar using an electric beater until stiff.

Beat the egg yolks with 130 grams of sugar.

03 eggs and sugarFold the egg and sugar mixtures and 110 grams of plain flour into the chocolate. Add 400 grams of crushed nuts. Simone used a combination of walnuts, almonds and cashews.

04 nuts and foldPour the brownie mixture into a well buttered oven tray (using greaseproof paper will also help the brownies from sticking) and bake for approximately 25 minutes at 180 degrees.

05 oven trayThe Outcome: OMG these brownies are so delicious! The orange flavour is a great addition. It was very difficult not to over indulge.

06 brownies

Ingredients: 400g of dark chocolate, 220g butter, 30mL Cointreau, zest of one orange, 4 eggs (separated), 330g white sugar, 110g plain flour, 400g crushed nuts

Equipment: pot, grater/zester, electric beater, blender (if nuts are not pre-crushed), bowl and oven tray


  1. Melt butter and chocolate. Add zest of one orange and Cointreau. Cool to room temperature
  2. Beat egg whites and 200g sugar until stiff
  3. Beat egg yolks and 130g sugar
  4. Fold egg and sugar mixtures and flour into chocolate. Add nuts.
  5. Pour into well buttered oven tray and bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes



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